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Judge Jails Man Who Faces Charges of Filing Phony Tax Returns

A federal magistrate judge on Tuesday ordered a Canyon Country man with a history of filing phony tax returns jailed pending trial Sept. 5 on similar charges.

Aman Khan, 46, has pleaded not guilty to filing tax returns for two fictitious people, Stella Ramtoo and Anthony Fernandez.

The airplane parts manufacturer already was on probation for a 1991 conviction in a similar tax scheme.

And he is under investigation for selling used airplane parts as new, Assistant U.S. Atty. Mark Byrne said.

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In arguing that Khan is a flight risk, Byrne said the defendant has used aliases in the past, and had two passports as well as two driver’s licenses.

Defense attorney Scott Spolin told U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Block that Khan was neither a flight risk nor a risk to the flying public.

The prosecution alleges that Khan defrauded the state and national governments out of $126,000, by claiming that “Ramtoo” and “Fernandez” were owed refunds because too much money was taken out of their paychecks.

Khan faces three felony counts in connection with filing seven false U.S. tax returns and five bogus state returns for the years 1989 to 1994.

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